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Micosoft

Microsoft beats sales estimates as Azure growth ticks upward

Microsoft beat Wall Street estimates for annual revenue and profit yesterday, driven by a slight uptick in expansion in its flagship cloud computing firm since the software maker c...

Tech Titans

Big Tech earnings approach under antitrust cloud

Apple, Alphabet, Amazon and Facebook, together accounting for about a fifth of their S&P 500’s total value, report their quarterly results on Thursday, with their stocks ...

Federal Communications Commission

FCC votes to maintain 2017 repeal of net neutrality rules

The US Federal Communications Commission voted 3-2 on Tuesday to maintain its 2017 repeal of Obama-era net neutrality rules, even after a federal court led a review of some provisi...

Money Transfers Africa

African money transfer firms thrive as pandemic spurs online remittances

Having fled an economic implosion in his native Zimbabwe, Brighton Takawira was able to provide for his mum back home with small earnings by a small perfume business he set up in S...

Microsoft

Microsoft quietly prepares to avoid spotlight under Biden

Microsoft, which has largely evaded Washington’s evaluation of Big Tech businesses and scored a lucrative $10 billion government contract under the Trump administration, has ...

ByteDance

ByteDance in early talks to list Chinese short video app Douyin

TikTok-owner ByteDance is in talks and with investment banks to record its Chinese brief video app Douyin at Hong Kong, based on two people familiar with this situation.

Siemens

Siemens launches local power trading platform with German utility

German technology group Siemens and utility Allgaeuer Ueberlandwerk (AUEW) have established a trading platform which allows little rooftop solar energy producers to exchange electr...

Joe Biden

Google’s antitrust legal woes far from over if Biden wins

The US Justice Department’s nascent antitrust case against Google will probably find the attention it should succeed if Democrat Joe Biden wins the US presidency following mo...

Facebook

Facebook launches dating service in Europe

Facebook has said it is launching its own dating service in 32 European countries after the rollout was postponed earlier this season due to regulatory concerns.

Google

Google antitrust case to turn on how search engine grew dominant

The US government’s antitrust case against Google appears strong, but could face an uphill battle from a business-friendly judiciary that may question whether a free search e...

Tech Titans

Japan to join forces with US and Europe in regulating ‘Big Tech’

Japan will combine forces with the United States and Europe to carry on almost any marketplace abuses by the four Big Tech platforms, the new mind of its antitrust watchdog has sai...

Amazon

EU antitrust regulators may narrow Amazon investigation

EU antitrust regulators may narrow the scope of their year-long investigation into Amazon to speed up the case from the US e-commerce giant, people knowledgeable about the matter t...

iPhone 12

Apple enters the 5G race with its new iPhone 12 range

Apple has launched its own next-generation iPhone 12, using quicker 5G connectivity the Cupertino, California-based company hopes will spur a wave of updates and also keep its earn...

Triller App

TikTok rival Triller explores deal to go public

Triller Inc, a genuine competitor to current favourite short-video app TikTok, is in talks with blank-check acquisition companies in regards to a merger that would take the US soci...